The creation of the Unitary authorities has resulted in additional cross border pupils ie a child with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who lives in, and is the funding responsibility of, their 'home' authority, but goes to a school in another authority.
The arrangement for schools to be paid for SEN support for such EHCP pupils, is that the agreed funding is recharged via invoice/s raised by the school to the funding authority - this process is already in place for existing neighbouring authorities.
For the first year of the new Unitary organisations, to support schools, each new authority made the payments automatically on behalf of its schools, for cross border pupils.
From April 2022, it will be necessary for schools themselves to invoice the relevant funding authority for agreed SEN support funding. This will now therefore include, where appropriate, pupils from North or West Northamptonshire Councils. This arrangement applies to mainstream schools (maintained and academy), special schools, unit provisions and early years settings.
Where schools have pupils from another authority without an Education Health and Care Plan but agreed Schools' High Needs Panel funding, they will again need to invoice the funding authority direct.
Invoices will need to be addressed as below:
North Northamptonshire Council
Bowling Green Road
You will not require a purchase order number, but invoices must be emailed to:
Please provide invoices on a termly basis (to support cash flow, we are able to accept invoices in advance), so this will usually be the annual amount agreed divided by three terms (except where one-off amount etc.)
Please provide full backing information to support the claim - pupil name and date of birth, funding level (RAS or EHCP level), special arrangement funding detail and period of claim.
For some children and young people (for example those who are 'looked after'), it can be difficult to establish which authority is financially responsible for funding their SEN top up. If you require assistance to clarify, or if you have any other query, please contact the appropriate High Needs business support Team.